The branch had its Annual General Meeting at the Silver Bridge Inn, in Duncan, on March 29th. Photo by Silver Bridge Inn.
Shirley Greenwood and John Neill prepare for the meeting with Charlie Kingston looking on.
There were a number of heraldic items on display. Here we see some shields in front of an educational display. The educational display was made by Steve Cowan while the shields were made by Laurie Patten, both members of our branch.
To the right of the educational display were some more shields on display. Behind the table is a family tree.
Still further to the right is John Neill's banner, another family tree (David Hjalmarson's), Doris Gray's flag, and David Hjalmarson's flag.
Here is a close-up of David Hjalmarson's family tree.
Members arrive and start to socialize.
Some members are studying a family tree.
Sir John Cave-Browne-Cave is listening to Rideau Emeritus herald, Robb Watt. Photo by Charlie Kingston.
Members are beginning their lunch of a very well prepared assortment of soup and sandwiches.
Gary Mitchell (branch Secretary) and Dave Obee (guest speaker) have a discussion over lunch at the head table. Photo by Charlie Kingston.
Branch President John Neill welcomes members to the Annual General Meeting. He also shows a postcard that he received from Robb Watt, the past Chief Herald. On the front is Robb's arms as well as that of Claire Boudreau, the current Chief Herald. You can see a blow up of the front and back. Photo by Charlie Kingston.
After an introduction by Gary Mitchell, Dave Obee, editor-in-chief of the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper and genealogy expert, begins his presentation, Genealogical Research Today. Photo by Charlie Kingston.
Dave gave some very useful hints on researching one's family tree via the Internet and also illuminated some pitfalls to watch for.
Branch president John Neill gives his annual report to the membership. He also presented a new set of branch bylaws. It was put to a vote to the general membership and was passed unanimously. The new by-laws required a Nomination Committee with one committee member being a branch member but not a board member. John named Vanessa Bramhill to the position. Photo by Charlie Kingston.
Gary Mitchell (branch Secretary) oversees the choosing of a new board. Since there was only one nomination for each position, all positions were filled by acclamation. Results are shown below: Photo by Charlie Kingston.
|Vice-President||Steve Cowan||(new - was Allan Ailo)|
|Blazon Editor||Darren George||(new - was Allan Ailo)|
|Webmaster||Lee Van Horne||(incumbent)|